Monsanto set sights on new GMO strawberries and wheat products.
Agro-chemical firm Monsanto have no intentions of slowing down their GMO product range.
Despite GMO foods coming under heavy criticism about the potential health risks, the company have revealed they plan to expand their range.
The firm have always claimed that their heavily modified GMO foods are necessary to ‘feed the world’. They have changed the face of farming in the last few decades, as many farmers across the world now rely on GMO seeds and pesticides.
With the help of some ‘cutting edge’ partnership from California, they plan to make GMO strawberries, wheat and a whole range of other products.
They say that their plan is to work harder to produce more “longer-lasting” foods, in an effort to reduce household waste. We don’t know about you, but we might be put off eating a month old strawberry that hasn’t even begun to spoil, it just isn’t natural.
The company, Pairwise, plan to work with Monsanto on a range of gene edited corn, soybeans, cotton and canola crops.
Pairwise founder J. Keith Joung said in a statement:
“My co-founders and I believe the technologies we have each been developing can have a profound impact in plant agriculture and will speed innovation that is badly needed to feed a growing population amid challenging conditions created by a changing climate,”
Food waste is a huge issue at the moment, and many companies are working on doing their bit to reduce waste on the whole. Keeping their finger on the pulse, Monsanto have taken the opportunity to show that they too are a company with the planet’s best interests at heart.
While Monsanto are happy to plow forwards and increase the number of gene-edited foods we consume, others are more wary.
Apart from the fact that food doctored in a lab is far from natural, there are concerns that altering the DNA of food can cause malfunctions in the body.
A study conducted at Columbia University found that gene-edited foods can cause “hundreds of unintended mutations”. There has been no long term studies done on the effects of GMO foods on the body, due to how new the technology is.
We may very well be unwittingly feeding the world with incredibly damaging foods which could lead to a public health crisis in the future.
Our advice is to stay away from GMO crops as much as possible, and when it comes to fresh produce – organic is always best.
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